Cooper Young Festival 2015

Emily McFarland, Staff Writer

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The streets of Midtown were jam-packed with cars last weekend, as the 28th annual Cooper-Young Festival took place on Saturday, September 19th from 9am-7pm. Although the Memphis Police received notice of a potential threat to the festival during the middle of the day, thousands still attended the festival. The MPD’s presence was made obvious inside the festival, but fortunately nothing harmful happened.  

Ranging from local restaurants like Soul Fish Café and Memphis Pizza Café, to artists and businesses, sellers of all kinds participated in Saturday’s festivities. One could attend the festival and expect to leave with a personalized poem, a new hand-made ceramic mug, locally made soap, and a belly full of Memphis’ best food. The 901’s famous music scene showed itself throughout the day, as over fifteen local bands played at various locations in the festival, including the folk duo Deering and Down and Memphis’ School of Rock. Daytime TV show host Jerry Springer was even said to have been spotted enjoying the festival. 

With the growth of the event increasing every year, planning has already begun for next year’s Cooper-Young Festival.